Weekend Recap: SU athletics highs-and-lows on the road

By ZACH GILLELAND

Sports Reporter

@_zachariahg

After a busy opening weekend that saw Salisbury University host three tournaments, this weekend was a much quieter affair as only field hockey and football played home.

Below, The Flyer recaps how each team fared this weekend.

Football: 63-7 win vs William Paterson

The Sea Gulls entered the win column for the first time this season, using an explosive rushing offense and stout defense to shut down the Pioneers. Check out the stadium recap to see how the game unfolded, key plays and which players stood out.

Field Hockey: 2-1 OT loss vs Messiah

Salisbury took on the defending National Champions Messiah in a nail-biter on Saturday, falling 2-1 in overtime. Click here to see how a young Sea Gull team nearly knocked off a Falcon’s team that has won 25-consecutive games.

Volleyball: 3-0 win vs Ursinus, 3-0 win vs William Peace, 3-0 win vs Pitt-Greensburg, 3-2 win vs Catholic (CUA Invitational)

Traveling to Washington D.C. for the Catholic University of America Invitational, the Sea Gulls took care of business, sweeping both days. Salisbury improved to a 7-1 record to start the season.

SU Head Coach Justin Turco became the third SU head coach to reach the 100-win plateau after the maroon and gold defeated William Peace in three sets. Turco, now in his fifth season at the helm, has recorded 20 or more victories in each of his past four seasons.

In what proved to be the most tightly contested matchup of the weekend, the Sea Gulls faced Catholic who, like Salisbury, won its first three games of the Invitational. SU won in five sets to close out a perfect weekend.

It took extra points for the maroon and gold to win each of their three sets. Junior outside hitter Nicole Venturelli led the team with a season-high 19 kills in the match and junior Carley Cleland and freshman Lacey Swartout provided double-digit kills.

Dropping only two sets in the Invitational, Salisbury has now won 21 of 27 sets played this season.

UP NEXT: SU travels to Aston, Pa. for the Knights Invitational hosted by Neumann University on Friday and Saturday.

Men’s Soccer: 1-0 loss vs Bridgewater (Va.), 1-0 loss vs Oglethorpe (Seahawk Classic)

The offensive struggles continued for the Sea Gulls as the team dropped both of its matchups in the Seahawk Classic hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The losses drop the team to a 1-4 record as conference season looms.

Salisbury took on Bridgewater on Saturday for their first matchup of the Classic. The story of the season has been the lack of offensive production, as SU failed to break through in the goal column.

The Sea Gulls created offensive chances, outshooting the Eagles 14-8, but only six shots went on target. The maroon and gold also failed to convert on six corner kicks.

Facing Oglethorpe on Sunday, SU failed to find the back of the net again, falling 1-0. The loss is now the fourth time this season the team failed to score a goal and each of the Sea Gulls’ five games have ended in a 1-0 score.

UP NEXT: With only three non-conference games left on the schedule, Salisbury will have a short road trip to face Washington College in the annual ‘Derby at the Shore’ on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer: 1-0 loss vs Lynchburg, 3-0 loss vs Roanoke (Shellenberger Classic)

Coming off its first win of the season against Washington College, Salisbury travelled to Lynchburg, Va. to participate in the Shellenberger Classic. The Sea Gulls dropped both matchups, falling to 1-4 on the season.

Facing Lynchburg on Friday, SU faced a Hornets team that won its previous two matchups by two goals. Salisbury had difficulty establishing an offensive rhythm, posting only one shot throughout the game.

Lynchburg midfielder Sarah Hammock scored in the 59th minute, her third goal in three games. SU goalkeeper Hope Knussman saved two shots.

On Sunday, the Sea Gulls suffered its largest defeat of the season, falling to Roanoke 3-0. Unlike their previous matchup, Salisbury created chances on the offensive side, tallying 14 shots.

SU limited Roanoke to just five shots in the game, but surrendered three goals, including one just under three minutes into the game. The Sea Gulls have now been held scoreless in three of their five games this season.

UP NEXT: Salisbury faces Virginia Wesleyan in a road matchup on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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